Dr. Schaller joined the department in 2005. She teaches interpersonal communication, Honors interpersonal communication, business and professional communication, and small group communication. Her small group students, working in teams, have raised thousands of dollars and performed hundreds of hours of service for local charitable organizations. She earned her M.S. degree at Illinois State University and her Ph.D. in Communication Theory at Ohio University (1993). Dr. Schaller has been a course director for public speaking, interpersonal communication, business and professional communication, and freshman seminar courses. She previously taught at Illinois State University, Ohio University, Indiana University, Georgia State University, and the University of Hawaii. Dr. Schaller enjoys learning about and practicing the dynamics of teacher-student interaction, and emphasizes the practical application of communication principles in her classes.